As an organization committed to inspiring excellence in technical education, ABET admires and applauds remarkable achievements. Each year, ABET honors exceptional efforts by individuals, institutions and organizations through four awards: the Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award, the ABET Fellow Award, the Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity and Inclusion and the ABET Innovation Award.

This year’s award recipients are as follows:

ABET Fellow Awards

Ronald J. Bennett, Ph.D.
For contributions to training ABET evaluators and trainers, facilitating leadership development of ABET volunteers and serving as a member of the Engineering Accreditation Commission (EAC) Executive Committee.

Patricia Brackin, Ph.D.
For shepherding the development and approval of EAC criteria changes, training ABET volunteers and facilitating workshops for institutional representatives and serving on the AC Training Committee and EAC Executive Committee.

Jeffrey W. Fergus, Ph.D.
For leadership ensuring high-quality training of Program Evaluators and Team Chairs, a smooth transition to the new engineering criteria and laying the foundation for virtual visits within the EAC.

Donna S. Reese, Ph.D.
For sustained contributions to STEM education and gender diversity, and leadership in improving ABET accreditation processes and operations across all commissions.

Claire L. Felbinger Award for Diversity and Inclusion

Ambareen Siraj, Ph.D.
For leadership in establishing the Women in CyberSecurity annual conference and the Women in CyberSecurity Initiative, which have increased the participation of women in cybersecurity significantly.

ABET Innovation Award

IT Students Capacity Building Program by Integrated Southern Tagalog Association of IT Education (iSITE)
For providing collaborative industry-aligned seminars, training and conferences to students in geographically dispersed IT programs and promoting opportunities for students to interact, learn and showcase their work.

ABET did not confer a Linton E. Grinter Distinguished Service Award in 2020.

“We are proud to showcase the accomplishments of the 2020 ABET Award recipients. This year’s honorees have demonstrated exceptional volunteer commitment, achieved extraordinary success in diversity and made significant contributions to innovations in education. We are inspired by their achievements and dedication.”

Michael K. J. Milligan
ABET Executive Director and CEO

The winners will be honored at the 2020 ABET Awards Celebration, which will be held as a virtual event on October 31, 2020.